How to Cook Quinoa


Quinoa, (“KEEN-wah”) a highly nutritious gluten free seed from the Andean region of South America, has seen increasing popularity over the last year. As more people discover how to cook quinoa, it becomes more popular because it is SO easy!

It is rare to look inside our refrigerator and NOT see quinoa in some stage of preparation. We use it in salads, and pilafs, often combining it with lentils and vegetables. This protein-packed seed is a great substitute for rice or cous-cous and a good source of dietary fiber and contains B vitamins and iron.
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How to Cook Quinoa

How to Cook Quinoa

Prepare your quinoa to keep and use as an ingredient in your favorite salad or pilaf recipe. This is the simplest preparation, not quite ready for the plate, but ready to be combined to make a delicious dish.


  • 1 Cup Rinsed Quinoa (red, black, white or a combination of colors)
  • 1-1/2 Cup Water


  1. Combine water and quinoa into saucepan.
  2. Bring to boil over medium-high heat.
  3. Reduce to low, crack lid to release a small amount of steam, and simmer for 10-12 minutes, until water is absorbed into grain.
  4. Use in your favorite quinoa recipe.
  5. Enjoy quinoa hot or cold!


How to Cook Quinoa: Demonstration

Video demonstration: Simple and Quick Ready to Use Quinoa

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Now that you know how to cook quinoa, what will you make?

Did you just learn how to cook quinoa today? Did you try a quinoa recipe? Was it a hot or cold preparation? Please comment below!

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